Fingal visit Hoops without trio

Sporting Fingal return to the scene of their FAI Cup final victory as they take on Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium tonight, kick-off 8pm.

Sporting Fingal return to the scene of their FAI Cup final victory as they take on Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium tonight, kick-off 8pm.

Shaun Maher and Gary O'Neill are back from injury for Liam Buckley’s Fingal.

Centre-back Maher has missed the last five games with a knee injury while O'Neill returns for the first time to the venue where he scored last year's FAI Ford Cup winning goal after his groin strain cleared up.

John Frost (hamstring) and Shane Barrett (thigh) are both out, while Eamon Zayed's slight calf strain makes him a doubt.

Midfielder Shane McFaul is suspended having accumulated bookings this season.

Stephen Paisley still has another week to go before resuming full fitness from his chest ailment and is looking at Saturday week's home clash with Galway United for a return to action.

“It's great to have two key experienced players of the calibre of Shaun Maher and Gary O'Neill back from injury,” said Fingal manager Liam Buckley.

“This will be our first game in 11 days but we've used that gap to get some important work done on the training ground.

“We face a Rovers side joint-top of the table and enjoying an impressive run of form. Tallaght Stadium tends to be a venue our players like and I'm sure the game will be an enjoyable one for both sets of fans.”

The Hoops go into the game level on points with Dundalk at the top but must plan without Pat Sullivan (knee) for the Fingal clash.

And there are doubts over whether Aidan Price (ankle), Chris Turner (ankle) and Stephen Bradley (groin) will make the game.

Rovers boss Michael O'Neill said: "It will be a difficult game. We had a tough encounter with them in Morton Stadium earlier in the season, but came away with a point, which I felt was a good result over there. But we will be looking to go one better in this time around.

“Sporting Fingal have made huge progress in such a short space of time. And while some people put that down to finances, they still had to get the squad together and get the most of out the players. You'd have to put that down to Liam Buckley; he is doing a fantastic job there.

“But we have a bit of momentum going, and will be looking to continue that, especially with the break coming up. The period before the break can be crucial, as it often dictates how you come back afterwards too.”

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